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Duane Harvey

The Lovell Chronicle of Lovell, Wyoming

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Jan. 14, 1926 — Nov. 1, 2015

Duane Harvey, 89, of Sheridan, died on Nov. 1, 2015, at his residence. He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Lyons County, Neb. He was the oldest son of Howard An drew Harvey and Vera Frances Bovee.

The family moved to Wyoming when he was a toddler, living in Greybull, the Midwest and eventually in Casper, where he attended Natrona County High School. The family moved to San Diego while he was in high school. He graduated in San Diego in 1944.

He was a skilled and artful craftsman, designer and engineer. As a young man, he loved to build and fly balsa wood airplanes and designed and built a scale replica of a German war-plane that won a statewide competition. It was selected to hang in Washington, D.C., at war meetings.

He worked for Sweet heart Bread Co. in the Big Horn Basin as a young man and met a gruff grocer by the name of C. Golden Welch in Cowley. Though slightly intimidated by him, he wasted no time courting his daughter Ilene and getting the approval of Golden's wife Ora. The two married in 1948. They celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary this past July 18.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending much of his early marriage fishing with Ilene in and around Shell Canyon. They lived in Greybull and Thermopolis, then lived in Casper before settling in the Sheridan area.

He loved working with wood and built and remodeled many homes in and around Sheridan and after retiring from it full-time took on many smaller jobs in the Big Horn Basin. There was never a challenge that couldn't be solved, or a task that" couldn't be done economically, and he was always the man for the job.

He loved the Savior Jesus Christ and was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His first experience in the Cowley Chapel made him exclaim, "It felt like I was home."

He loved his family, sharing his love freely and his gentle and kind attributes with all. He believed strongly that a man's word was his bond and lived his life as an example of that. He was a man of strong integrity and commitment.

During retirement he and Ilene loved the years they spent in Hurricane, Utah, and the friendships and golf buddies they made among the winter residents there. They cherished the dear friendships of many others they have made in Sheridan, Lovell and Cowley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; younger siblings Ronald Harvey and Frances Phipps; sons-in-law, Ronald Petty and Roger Buchanan and great-grand daughters Arianna Page and Lily Renee. He is survived by his. dear and loving wife, Ilene; his sister, Lois Larsen of Nampa, Idaho; his children, Cheryl Buchanan, Maureen (Larry) Legerski and Margo Heck, all of Sheridan; his son Duane (Debbie) Harvey of Millville, Utah; 18 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, who will all remember his legacy and love.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2051 Colonial Drive, Sheridan, with a public viewing beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Cowley Cemetery on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m.

Memorials to honor Duane may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints education al fund in care of Bishop Anderson at 1515 N. Heights Dr., Sheridan, WY 82801.

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Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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